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solar-car

Solar Team Great Britain has started a kickstarter page to help fund their design for entry in the 2017 World Solar Challenge. Founder Steven Heape leads a team of volunteers from many different disciplines, companies and universities working on a family-sized solar car to compete in the cruiser class. “Cruiser Class is about two or […]

Author: AENews
Posted: January 25, 2017, 8:03 am
Energy Inventions | Future Technology | Solar Power

beta-ray-generator

German Architect Andre Broessel believes he has a solution that can “squeeze more juice out of the sun”, even during the night hours and in low-light regions. His company Rawlemon has created a spherical sun power generator prototype called the beta.ray. His technology will combine spherical geometry principles with a dual axis tracking system, allowing […]

Author: AENews
Posted: April 13, 2015, 11:35 am
Fuel Cells | Hydrogen Fuel | Public Transit | Transportation

hydrogen-tram

In an effort to reduce China’s harmful and plentiful greenhouse gas emissions, Chinese company Sifang (a subsidiary of China South Rail Corporation) has developed the world’s first hydrogen powered tram. The tram took two years of research and development to complete, and will be powered entirely by hydrogen fuel cells. Since this is a tram […]

Author: AENews
Posted: April 9, 2015, 7:55 am
Environment and Sustainability | Photovoltaic Cells | Solar Power

WaterNest-Solar-Panels

Designed by renowned Italian architect Giancarlo Zema and produced by EcoFloLife, the WaterNest 100 is an eco-friendly floating housing unit. The 100 square meter residential units are made of up to 98% recycled materials; including the laminate timber and aluminum hull. Skylights, balconies and large windows encircle the dwelling, allowing for efficient lighting and beautiful […]

Author: AENews
Posted: April 2, 2015, 8:05 am
Hydro Power | Photovoltaic Cells | Solar Power

floating-solar-pv

Since 2011, French Company Ciel & Terre has been developing large-scale floating solar solutions. Their innovative Hydrelio Floating PV system allows standard PV panels to be installed on large bodies of water such as: drinking water reservoirs, quarry lakes, irrigation canals, remediation and tailing ponds, and hydro electric dam reservoirs. This simple and affordable alternative […]

Author: AENews
Posted: April 1, 2015, 8:35 am

Solar Energy News -- ScienceDaily

Solar Energy Information. Read the latest news and techniques for efficient solar photovoltaic power, new solar energy systems and more.

Researchers are reporting on a potential breakthrough in the development of hybrid perovskite solar cells. The scientists developed a technique to sequester the lead used to make perovskite solar cells and minimize potential toxic leakage.
Posted: February 19, 2020, 8:44 pm
Researchers have set a world record for the conversion of solar energy to electricity via the use of tiny nanoparticles called 'quantum dots'. The technology has a huge range of potential applications, including the possibility to use it as a flexible, transparent skin to power cars, planes, homes and wearable technology.
Posted: February 18, 2020, 11:22 pm
A new study finds that cracks in brittle perovskite films can be easily healed with compression or mild heating, a good sign for the use of perovskites in next-generation solar cells.
Posted: February 12, 2020, 8:01 pm
The need to efficiently harvest solar energy for a more sustainable future is increasingly becoming accepted across the globe. A new family of solar cells based on perovskites -- materials with a particular crystal structure -- is now competing with conventional silicon materials to satisfy the demand in this area. Perovskite solar cells (PSCs) are continually being optimized to fulfill their commercial potential.
Posted: February 10, 2020, 3:41 pm
A completely passive solar-powered desalination system could provide more than 1.5 gallons of fresh drinking water per hour for every square meter of solar collecting area. Such systems could potentially serve off-grid arid coastal areas to provide an efficient, low-cost water source.
Posted: February 7, 2020, 5:44 pm

Wind Energy News -- ScienceDaily

Wind Energy Information. From offshore wind turbines to understanding wind turbulence, learn all about using the wind to our advantage. Also, wind testing buildings.

Taking a cue from birds and insects, researchers have come up with a new wing design for small drones that helps them fly more efficiently and makes them more robust to atmospheric turbulence.
Posted: January 29, 2020, 7:33 pm
With countries adopting green energy practices, renewable energy now accounts for a third of the world's power. As this trend continues, more countries are looking to offshore energy sources to produce this renewable energy. Researchers identify situations where green technology such as wind turbines, wave energy converters, and other marine renewable energy devices (MREDs) have had negative consequences on marine life.
Posted: December 17, 2019, 4:42 pm
Much about the aerodynamic effects of larger wind farms remains poorly understood. New work looks to provide more insight in how the structures necessary for wind farms affect air flow. Using a two-scale coupled momentum balance method, researchers theoretically and computationally reconstructed conditions that large wind farms might face in the future, including the dampening effect that comes with spacing turbines close to one another.
Posted: December 12, 2019, 3:46 pm
Thrips don't rely on lift in order to fly. Instead, the tiny insects rely on a drag-based flight mechanism, staying afloat in airflow velocities with a large ratio of force to wing size. Researchers have performed the first test of drag force on a thrip's wing under constant airflow in a bench-top wind tunnel and, drawing from microfabrication and nanomechanics, they created an experiment in which a thrip's wing was glued to a self-sensing microcantilever.
Posted: December 10, 2019, 4:17 pm
The location and operation of wind energy plants are often in direct conflict with the legal protection of endangered species. The almost unanimous opinion of experts from local and central government authorities, environmental NGOs and expert offices is that the current mechanisms for the protection of bats in wind power projects are insufficient.
Posted: November 27, 2019, 5:13 pm
The effectiveness of non-mechanical, low-energy methods for moderating temperature and humidity has been evaluated in a series of experiments.
Posted: November 20, 2019, 5:11 pm
Electricity supply is one of the biggest CO2 emitters globally. To keep global warming well below 2°C, several paths lead to zero emissions in the energy sector, and each has its potential environmental impacts -- such as air and water pollution, land-use or water demand. Using a first-time combination of multiple modelling systems, an international team of researchers has now quantified the actual benefits and downsides of three main roads to decarbonization.
Posted: November 19, 2019, 12:53 pm
In a boon to wind farms, average daily wind speeds are picking up across much of the globe after about 30 years of gradual slowing. Research shows that wind speeds in northern mid-latitude regions have increased by roughly 7% since 2010.
Posted: November 19, 2019, 12:53 pm
Hydropower is broadly considered to be much more environmentally friendly than electricity generated from fossil fuels, and in many cases this is true. However, a new study reveals that the climate impact of hydropower facilities varies widely throughout the world and over time, with some facilities emitting more greenhouse gases than those burning fossil fuels.
Posted: November 13, 2019, 1:29 pm
A superconducting rotor has been successfully tested on an active wind turbine for the first time. The researchers designed, developed, manufactured a full-size superconducting generator for a 3.6 megawatt wind turbine, and field-tested it.
Posted: November 12, 2019, 4:03 pm

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For the majority of businesses, as soon as someone mentions the words social media marketing, they go straight to Twitter, Instagram or Facebook. Assuming that these are the only leading, social sites for a company’s online marketing.  Commonly forgotten by many companies and that is the importance of websites such as YouTube that offer the…
Author: Charlotte Johnson
Posted: January 30, 2020, 7:11 am
In recent years, both the drone and the solar industries have been advancing and growing at an impressive speed. Solar: scientists have improved PV’s inefficiency yet driven down the cost so much so that solar energy has reached “grid parity” in many countries. Drone: Powered by AI and Li-on battery, drones have the mind-blowing applications…
Author: Willie Jiang
Posted: January 21, 2020, 8:43 pm
In this digital era, even marketing lead generation happens virtually. When most brands, including solar companies, are busy building up their virtual marketing team equipped with lead generation tools, is there any place for good old door-to-door sales? The answer is “yes,” even in this age of sleek and sophisticated digital marketing, door-to-door selling is…
Author: Willie Jiang
Posted: December 27, 2019, 5:31 am
The energy race is on!  Countries across all the continents are sprinting towards the coveted title of having the largest solar farms in the world. As a result, the list of large utility-scale solar projects worldwide is getting longer. It all depends on which countries get the maximum and optimum irradiation. Besides China, the USA,…
Author: Sumit Chakrabarti
Posted: November 21, 2019, 4:00 pm
At a time when the whole world is trying to find solutions to the rapid climatic changes, solar companies are creating waves through their digital marketing endeavours. Over the years, solar businesses have embraced different digital marketing strategies, and email marketing is definitely one of them.  Email marketing offers a multitude of benefits and arguably…
Author: John Cooper
Posted: November 20, 2019, 4:31 pm
The spike in the number of solar photovoltaic (PV) installations in recent years has been remarkable.  Until 2018, the total installed PV capacity in the world reached nearly 512 GW. Despite the total solar power installed, the industry has achieved just a fraction of its true potential. In the US, for example, the total installed…
Author: Willie Jiang
Posted: November 5, 2019, 4:37 pm